Iran — Executions in public, undated. (MEHR)

May 13, 2019

A young woman identified only as Soudabeh was executed on October 26, 2018, the Iranian state-run ROKNA news agency reported Thursday.

It is not clear in which city and prison the execution took place.
She had been imprisoned for 12 years on death row on the charge of deliberate murder.

The is the 88th woman who is hanged during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as the mullahs’ president.

Iran is the only country in the world in which thousands of women have been executed or subjected to torture for being opposed to the regime.

In a statement on October 5, 2018, condemning the execution of a woman in Iran, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, stressed that the UN Human Rights Office opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances, as no judiciary in any part of the world is mistake-free.

More women on death row

Dozens of women are on death row across Iran most of whom had committed murder in self-defense against domestic violence.

The names of eight woman lingering in Urmia Central Prison on death row were previously announced as:

  1. Chenar Salehi,
  2. Yasna Sadeqi,
  3. Arasteh Ranjbar,
  4. Nazdar Vatankhah,
  5. Tahmineh Danesh,
  6. Farideh Hassanpour,
  7. Shelir Khosravi,
  8. Somayeh Ebrahimzadeh.

Another 11 death-row women prisoners are held in Qarchak Prison of Varamin. The names of the eleven women and duration of their detention in jail follows:

  1. Azam Maleki, 8 years, charged with murder of her brother-in-law and nephew-in-law;
  2. Narjes Tabaii, 3 years, charged with murder of her husband’s second wife;
  3. Fereshteh Shirazi, 5 years, charged with murder of mother-in-law (sister of Assadollah
  4. Lajevardi, the infamous warden known as the Butcher of Evin Prison);
  5. Tahereh Noori, 12 years, charged with murder of her husband;
    Roya Amirian, 14 years, charged with murder of a man harassing her on the street;
  6. Mahtab Shafii, 3 years, charged with murder of her husband and mother-in-law;
  7. Mahboubeh Rasouli, 7 years, charged with murder of mother-in-law;
  8. Mahnaz Agahi, 7 years, charged with murder of her husband;
  9. Soghra Eftekhari, 10 years, charged with murder during a conflict;
  10. Eshrat Nazari, 6 years, charged with murder of her husband;
  11. Samira Sabziyan.

Under the laws of the Iranian regime, the woman and the victim who has defended herself must face trials and retribution.

While the international community has adopted the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul, May 11, 2011) to protect women victims of violence, and while most countries endeavor to assist women victims of violence and protect them against the death penalty, the Iranian regime does not protect the rights of women who are victims of violence, because misogyny has been institutionalized in the country’s laws and the government is moving in the opposite direction.

The fate of the eleven women imprisoned on death row in Qarchak calls for action by international human rights organizations to investigate the injustices of the Iranian Judiciary and inhuman prison conditions. It also highlights the need to abolish the death penalty in Iran.


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